Theresa Schwegel was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received a Masters in Screenwriting from Chapman University where she met Academy Award-winner Leonard Schrader, who encouraged her to turn her screenplay OFFICER DOWN into a novel. The book was published in 2005 and went on to win the Edgar® Award for Best First Novel. In 2008, she received the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Her most recent project was a screenplay with acclaimed filmmaker Steve James. Though no longer a city resident, all her work is set in and around Chicago.
—Chicago Tribune on The Lies We Tell
—USA Today on The Good Boy
—Publishers Weekly on Last Known Address
[Schwegel] creates a portrait of a family in crisis, and her vivid characterizations—stressed husband, yearning wife, floundering daughter—lift the thriller plot of literary-novel status.
—Entertainment Weekly on Person of Interest
—New York Times on Probable Cause
—Chicago Sun Times on Officer Down